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Submitted by veridicus on April 9, 2014 - 11:51am.

Oh that's just what we need...
by snick (1408)

Can't wait for the "democracy" vs "gnu-democracy" wars.

(democracy is a KERNEL, not a political system...)

Submitted by veridicus on April 9, 2014 - 11:39am.

A formal vote on a new name was promised before we even launched the site you are currently using. We are trying to keep that promise.

Re:Current Name
by davester666 (155)

What the hell am I going to do with 500 Soylent News Is People t-shirts if the name changes?

Submitted by veridicus on April 7, 2014 - 2:35pm.

When the service is free
by weeds (611)

... you are the product.

Submitted by operagost on March 27, 2014 - 4:00pm.

Re:Um no
by almitydave (2452422)

Planck length is the only rational measure of distance.

Indeed, unfortunately SI prefixes [wikipedia.org] run out before we can really do anything useful with it (unless you're into particle physics). Therefore, I suggest we standardize on the yotta-planck-length (YPL, pronounced "yoople") as our base unit, utilizing SI prefixes on top of that:

-Intel's new Haswell architecture utilizes a 1361-yoople process.
-I am 117 gigayooples tall.
-The Earth is approximately 2.4 exayooples around.
-The Earth is 9.26 zettayooples from the sun.

As you can see, we run out of SI prefixes again for astronomical scales, so we should use the yottayoople (YYP, pronounced "yippee") for that:

-The Milky Way galaxy is about 59 megayippees across
-The size of the observable universe is about 26.9 terayippees.

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Submitted by ancientt on January 29, 2014 - 11:38am.

wow
by Anonymous Coward

Millions of years of evolution in an environment with gravity has really screwed up our plans for galactic supremacy.

Submitted by ancientt on January 22, 2014 - 6:24pm.

Re:So...
by noh8rz10 (2716597)

When you're sick enough to (feel you) need medication, stay at home.

Don't spread germs all over the workplace / auditorium / public mass transport.

that's why I drive alone in my SUV to work and am hostile in my cubicle so nobody bothers me.

Submitted by zzarko on January 21, 2014 - 6:06pm.

Re:False equivalence much?
by Anonymous Coward

They're economists. They recognize that rich people are dying, while poor people could be paid to to take that risk instead. By removing artificial restrictions, the free market will find the efficiency maximizing solution. Because the solution that a free market finds is axiomatically the best one. /sarcasm

Submitted by ancientt on January 16, 2014 - 5:51pm.

Re:Time to Get Out
by SirGarlon (845873)

Low-level technical skills have a half-life of only about three to five years. Meaning, half of what you know is obsolete in three to five years. This is true in software engineering and also, I've read, in most other kinds of engineering.

Experienced professionals know this and compensate by making a career-long commitment to staying current and developing new skills.

By all means, I encourage anyone who cannot stand the heat to get out of the kitchen. You'll be happier in a position where learning is not required, and I'll be happier not to get stuck working with another has-been.

 

Re:Time to Get Out
by sycodon (149926)

I look forward to completing my MBA and becoming your manager.

How do you feel about working weekends?

Submitted by ancientt on January 15, 2014 - 2:13pm.

realworld suggestions for Java 8
by nimbius (983462)

Ive found several benefits to removing Java 8 entirely.
1. budget performance: by reducing expenditures on support contracts and Oracle licensing fees my budget has stopped looking like a Syrian casualty report.
2. maintenance productivity: developers have stopped hurling themselves nude through my expensive plate glass windows as they wail 'exception access violation!' This frees up maintenance to address more urgent concerns.
3. Environmental impact: We've reduced out environmental footprint by shredding our tear-stained contracts, and mulching them with our ancient blood-soaked documentation to create a spreadable compost that just brings out the absolute best in the landscaping.

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Submitted by ancientt on January 7, 2014 - 3:09pm.

Re:Waste of Time
by Pope (17780)

Maybe you should read about this one weird computer security tip discovered by a mom. Malware writers hate her!

Submitted by ancientt on January 6, 2014 - 8:38pm.

Re:If you have a better idea ...
by Anonymous Coward

Well we all understand the Trousers of Time, Archchancellor, but I don't see what that has to do with the Bursar and a rubber sheet?

Submitted by zzarko on December 30, 2013 - 2:52am.

Re:Desktop is so 2011
by Lisias (447563)

Aren't desktop computers basically dying ? They keep on trying to replicate something that users already no longer use. Pretty sad

Edit: even the captcha agrees with me: sadists

You don't have a job, do you?

Because, you know, not everybody makes a living browsing the Facebook using a tablet...

Submitted by ancientt on December 18, 2013 - 9:32pm.

Re:easy come, easy go
by Cryacin (657549)

The tulips are dying, the tulips are dying!!

Nah, they're safe as houses.

Submitted by ancientt on November 22, 2013 - 8:57pm.

Re:Missing Option
by Anonymous Coward

I had one but it was taken away after it became self-aware.

That happened with my robot. I set it on fire.

Re:Missing Option
by FuegoFuerte (247200)

That happened to me. I set my owner on fire.

Submitted by flexplexico on November 4, 2013 - 10:33pm.

Re: "hack"
by Anonymous Coward

What is the difference between injecting code into a machine to make it do what you want, and injecting an idea into a human to make the human do what you want.

Because normally by the time you are injecting code into a human, you already got what you wanted. What were we talking about again?

Virgin spotted

Meh. Virgin spotting on /. is like birdwatching in an aviary.